Why My Village Project Was Developed
I developed this program to address some of the issues facing the young black community in America. I am not a sociologist or psychiatrist, but I have insight about the challenges of our youth today. I am a mother of 4, aunt to a dozen, and a mentor to dozens more.
I live in Detroit, Michigan, and I see our young people going wild. They have grown up without the kind of direction and guidance that the generations before them had. I was born in 1960, my children were born between 78 and 87, my oldest grandchild was born, in 1996.
The children born after 1990, don't seem to have the same home stability as the children born between, the 50.s and 70's It seems that for the past 25 years, the children just grew up. Unlike the generations before them, they weren't raised or trained.
This is not set up to be an organization, like Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts. It is set up as a set of talking points, that can be used as a springboard for the conversations that we must have with out youth.
I put this program together to instill some basic home training values in the youth who are now between the ages of 8 and 15 years old. I believe that these are the last years that you get to correct any guidance that may have been missed up to age 5 or 6.
It is my hope that concerned visionaries like yourself, will take this program and starting in your own family and neighborhood, help me and others who have the same vision, save our children. We have to save them from themselves.
My personal vision, is to positively impact the lives of over 100,000 youth between the ages of 8 and 15 years old Between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2020
The impact will be measurable by comparing 2012 and 2013 statistics for Education, Violence, Teen Parenthood, and Drug use, to the same statistics at the end of 2016,17,and 18.
There will also be an emphasis on personal responsibility , and self respect, rounded out by cultural awareness, education in black history, financial education, and literacy improvement.
I expect to continue this program for 5 years. It is my goal to organize in a manner that will make this a perpetual program. I want the village project to be more of a movement than an organization.
I need mothers, fathers, and people with a mentoring heart, to get this program and grab about a dozen kids from the the neighborhood. Meet with them once a week for 2 years and see if we can't turn around some of the statistics of the black community.
Education will be delivered through lecture, and discussion, relevant media material, subject based classes and activities, and speeches and presentations by local figures and organizations.Coupled with exposure to positive examples through media, personal appearances and cultural activities.
Mission: To positively impact the lives of young people especially those in urban populations.
To see measurable results, in those young people ,with regard to the issues, within 1 year of program completion.